PATHUM THANI — Police on Friday said they have charged the son of a famous comedian for a high-speed car crash that killed an engineer earlier this week.
For slamming his BMW into another car at a U-turn in Pathum Thani province, Kittiphum Iamsook, 28, was charged with speeding and fatal reckless driving, according to a local police chief, who added that the suspect admitted to speeding when the accident took place.
Kittiphum is a son of Choosak Iamsook, a celebrity comedian with many film credits known by his stage name Nhong Cha Cha Cha.
“The formal result of the speed test isn’t out yet, but the speed that Mr. Nhong’s son admitted to driving at the time was definitely over the legal limit,” Col. Teerawat Khachornphas, chief of Thanyaburi Police Station, said by telephone.
He also said the sobriety test established that Kittiphum was not under the influence of alcohol at the time.
The Monday crash killed 47-year-old Ponpichit Naruematmontri. For the next two days Kittiphum was hospitalized with what his father described as minor injuries. Kittiphum emerged Wednesday night to attend Ponpichit’s funeral. He also went to the victim’s cremation ceremony on Thursday. Kittiphum did not speak to reporters at either event.
Col. Teerawat said the families of the suspect and victim will meet at a police station next week to discuss compensation.